Topic: Pandemic Proof Career

Pandemic proof career? Is that even possible? Well, let me just tell you that all the hard work I’ve put into my ESL podcast, the dividends are soaring.  My PayPal account is skyrocketing, but why? Because I live in my passion, I’ve developed a skill which is now a significant asset, and my 4 cores of credibility are absolutely SOUND. 

Some of you have gotten hit hard this year in terms of your finances, and if you continue doing the same things for the next year, you’ll find yourself in even deeper troubles.  It’s time to switch it up. 

Podcast is available in stories and IGTV live is coming up soon!

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Life Skills – Succeeding in Interviews

Here is a HUGEEEEE podcast that will help a many of you out there who are possibly going in for jobs in the future. Interviews, a controversial topic, is what we’ll be focusing on today. We need to do some speaking, as well as ironing out the details of dos and don’ts for a job interview.

  1. Have you ever had an interview? If so, when and what for?
  2. When and why do you expect to be interviewed in the future?
  3. How well-prepared for an interview do you think you are right now? Why?
  • Don’t lie.
  • Do turn off your mobile.
  • Do find out where the venue is beforehand, how to get there and how long it takes.
  • Don’t read from notes or your CB.
  • Do find out what kind of interview it will be beforehand so you can prepare.
  • Do prepare answers for the main questions – for example, ‘why do you want the job?’
  • Do quote real examples of when you’ve used certain skills.
  • Don’t ask about money.
  • Don’t ask for feedback on your performance at the interview.
  • Don’t be late.
  • Do dress smartly, look bright and attentive and speak clearly and coherently.
  • Don’t use slang words.
  • DON’T criticize former colleagues.

Remember, videos, reading, more interview tips, things to avoid and a real life-task is on my PATREON!

Podcast

New York Times’ Writer with a Broken Approach to Life

“Do what you love” is often terrible advice. Instead of taking the job that will make you happiest, look for the one where you’ll learn the most.

Adam Grant, NYT Writer

Terrifying. Unbelievably terrifying. I’m scared as hell to see the future generations head in this direction. If that’s the case, we too, will become the robots! Let’s break this down in micro and come up with a MACRO solution.

Do what you love is often terrible advice — so become a slave on a plantation.

I mean, I love working out in the morning, traveling and working at different locations across Bangkok, influencing people, and a half-dozen other things….that “job” in America would certainly not allow me to do that. In America, there’s zero job security, right? I mean you can walk in and you get one week pay and you’re DONE. You’re a number. Sure, you have those say, “omg my boss is amazing and I love my job.” Can you take holiday whenever you want? Do you have assets in the company? Does he teach you how to buy and sell different things like stock? Ok, then.

My passion revolves around teaching and speaking, which I ABSOLUTELY love to do. It’s my breath of fresh air. It’s my passion; and it’s something that I ABSOLUTELY love to do. Was that bad advice? Nope….it was me becoming an entrepreneur.

Job that learns the most? A JOB? A job teaches?

Come on, like Wal-Mart? Jobs don’t teach you how to create assets or invest in yourself. You’re working for someone else’s goals and not yours…on a job. Does the Wal-Mart CEO give a damn about the families he cuts ties with before the holiday season? Come on, simple question. Did Elon Musk give a damn about reducing his staff 80%, a lot of which were Aeronautical Engineers? Hell nah! It was for him to increase HIS networth. Sure, space expeditions and other things are expensive, but if you know how to manage your money, you will always keep your staff. I get it, some of my friends laid off their staff temporarily before bringing them back. That’s called TRUST….would you ever go back to work at a “job” that laid you off?

It’s like American government workers. They were taught to go to school, get an education, go to college, get a degree, and got a job at the government. At any point did they learn how to save/invest their money in case storms come? Nope…30 day layoff and they posted stories about their houses going into foreclosures. Come on…this is what JOBS do!

You learn the most from getting punched in the mouth. I know, most people are built to survive, therefore they believe jobs have security. Not everyone is built for entrepreneurship, but you’re at least built to make multiple sources of income and pursue your passion. My passion came from when I was racially discriminated against. I then become the voice of other people who are being/have been marginalized in their countries around the world — and now I’m teaching accelerated English language programs for massive companies all around Bangkok (and soon Asia). That’s what I wake up and breathe every morning, and guess what, nothing is guaranteed! I had students drop off after 5 hours of learning and said “I’m busy.” I thought it was me, but it was only them. I had one source of income fall and 8 came right after that. There are months I’ll make minimal, and then there are months I can gross the most EVER. That’s what makes life exciting.

Steps to Take

  • No Comfort in Life; live in the uncomfortability zone.
  • Find a need and fill it.

Special Blog: Arsenio’s Entrepreneurial Journey from 2016-Now

Ok, you guys wanted it, and here it is.

At the beginning of 2016, I started a podcast.  Keep in mind that my followers on Twitter were LOSER sex tourists and my online persona, up to that point, was not very good.  I constantly focused on the negative and the victimization of being a “black” teacher in Thailand.

Then came the man — also known as Napoleon Hill.  Who’s Napoleon Hill? Well, you’ll have to google him, but this man ended up teaching me everything that I either had lost, or was completely unaware of.  Those books became my podcasts in the beginning and that ended up pushing away the majority of those “losers” who followed me online.

Then came the Jack Canfield book, most notably — Principle #5: Believe In Yourself.  While reading this just before my trip to Vietnam, I was reduced to tears.  At that moment, there was a shift in my entire biochemistry, indicating that this victimhood no longer serves you.  Getting rid of it didn’t happen overnight, but this was the beginning.

Lisa Nichols’ Abundance now came next, along with a few others, including Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Work Week and a couple of others.  This was the beginning of the new me.

In 2017, I began to rebel.  Hell, it started a couple months before.  My work, which wasn’t suitable for me anymore, wasn’t fair in terms of work allocation.  Some teachers got more work based on pre-conceived notions that they were better than other teachers.  So, I told myself, even in early 2016, that I would start working outside to gain more notoriety and build a brand that I didn’t know I was building at the time.  One after another, projects after projects, and “NO! I DON’T WANT YOUR CLASS IN THE MORNING!” — after another.  This probably was my downfall at the company because I constantly denied work from them, leading to my ultimate plunge and being the “last in line” and the “dark little brother,” however, this was the beginning of my new life.

In October of 2017, I got removed from teaching at Toshiba in Pathumthani, citing me for the most outrageous comments imaginable that were completely untrue and irrelevant to my moving.  Somebody had a bone to pick, and with two other white teachers, one having an insane amount of complaints, I was the odd one out (in a very unprofessional way).  That following weekend, it was the comment “if you want to continue working here we need to have a meeting” that sent shivers of disgust, threats, and “Arsenio, it’s time to get the hell out of here” down my back.  That moment, I made up in my mind that I was too good for these folks.

No one knew, but after learning that I had moved to the other side of town, they knew what was happening.  I cancelled, didn’t want class, and want to be away from that place as much as possible because it gave me chest pains — literally.

At the same time, I was grinding and trying to find work.  There were people saying “oh, this company decided this teacher over you because you’re white” and other deplorable comments. I knew I would scrape the bottom-of-the-barrel in regards to finding suitable language centers, but i kept at it.

Then March came.  Job offers came over the next two months along with entrepreneurs, a content writer, and hundreds of other things.

At the beginning of the year, I made goals list.  I made goals list for each category of my wheel of life, pin-pointing things that I wanted to do and how I wanted to grow.  To this date, I’ve not only achieved those marks, but I think in some categories, like the social circle and personal development, I’m two years ahead.

I have a content writer, social circle consisting of graphic designers, mentors, marketing execs and coaches, double podcasts website that’s sky-rocketing, YouTube that’s climbing, messages and comments saying thank you.

In all of that, do you think this could’ve happened if I didn’t leave that old place of work? No way.  I needed to leave there to create flow of goodness and change in my life.

See, the majority of the time, you guys get stuffed up in the now and personal wants.  You’re control by the mainstream media, dying relationships, loser friends, terrible jobs.  However, if you can just come to the awareness that if you let these things go, you will attract to you everything in life that you need to take you to the next level.

That’s a promise.

Upon the magnificent New Years, I’m literally positioning myself as the top ESL podcaster on the planet.  I’m owning hashtags on Instagram.  I’m teaching people all over the world and people want my services.  See how that works? And this all came because I dumped an employer in F.E.A.R of not getting a new job.

Face FEAR.

The Failure of Credentials (part 2/2)

Arsenio Foreword: Jiun went through the same thing I went through.  While I was sitting outside one morning after USA’s basketball team got ripped apart by the greeks in the FIBA World Championships in 2006, I was talking to a friend (at the time) name Kristine and I told her that I wanted to be an orthodontist.

How ridiculous of an idea that was at the time? Well, it was all about the money, but with the amount of debt I would’ve racked up, I would have been screwed forever.

Sometimes we need these resets in life.  When I was telling another friend about making a career change on my couch in 2008, I told him, “maybe I should just do a minor dental assisting to see if I even like it, and it was the BESTTTTTTT decision I ever made in my life because the dental field — was NOT for me.

In terms of automated jobs and not acquiring skills that will ultimately prepare us for the next couple of decades (especially when AI is 100% going), Jiun is here to explain it again.

He went on to emphasize the 21st-century economy and that it is undergoing a transition from traditional jobs to an entrepreneurial economy because of technology democratising resources that allowed people to become entrepreneurs with a fraction of the cost. Taylor Pearson went on to prove his theory by coming up with case studies like lifestyle entrepreneurs that he networked with during his days as their employee before he ventured out on his own. Also, he emphasized the importance of apprenticeship was better than traditional Socratic and scholastic educational system of the traditional educational system by colleges or universities.

The tech titans in Silicon Valley like Apple, IBM and Google — even Facebook — started to hire people from the non-traditional routes like learning through MOOC and other micro-colleges or universities that emphasized on mastery learning and blended learning.  Also, they are beginning to recognise talents from high school dropouts or never being to college due to higher student debts. With higher student debts, it causes many students questioning their return on investment on their paper credential.

The flaw of the brick and mortar university education will be too rigid in a world of fast pace changes where some graduates finish their schooling would realise their skills are already outdated as being emphasised by a self-help book by a foreign student from Nigeria known as ‘The Tribute’. It was because getting good grades no longer guarantees you a well-paid job because of limited upgraded skills. The writer emphasised continuous learning or lifelong learning to keep your brain young as it was quoted by Albert Einstein — that learning will keep you young and you are old when you stop learning.

In an age of democratised information, educational credentialism has become increasingly irrelevant as many young people are enrolling in colleges or universities competing for better jobs. The competition, as we all know, is getting intense — and value for an educational credential will become extrinsic. Typical autodidacts like Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning could learn skills like coding and other technical skills for a typical geek that could learn and run their lifestyle business for free, and at the same time, at a fraction of a cost — even an expensive online course would be around $1000 to $2000 USD.

The major reason most tech titans will probably start hiring people from outside the traditional route is because the tolerance of diversity and being passionate is a skill that was overlooked. Based on Google Inc research, the greatest skill of all time that never has never been certified or been taught in school, will be having passion for a job.

Companies are hiring with or without degrees because they know we’re are going to soon live in a degreeless world.  When that happens, universities will switch and start charing obscene amounts of money for the skills that are being learned now in the younger generations.

The Failure of Credentials (part 1/2)

Last year, my friend bought me a book that captured my attention about Malaysian youth unemployment that was higher than our Southeast Asian neighbours. Here the question popped up, ‘why Malaysian millennials like me can’t secure employment with a better pay cheque and move up the corporate ladder?’ and ‘did it have something to do with our flawed education system and higher education institutions that only produced unemployable fresh graduates that aren’t competitive with unmarketable skill sets?’ After all, youth unemployment was a problem back in the early 90s that coincided with the Age of Information! It just kept me wondering back then when I was in upper primary, secondary and college days as I always heard these words being whispered” “nowadays, college/university students can’t secure good jobs with good pay cheques.”

As the world economy makes the transition to a new type of economy; the higher education system, which is still built on an archaic model that required students to work in factories, has never gone through a radical reform except for the curricula of schools on school white paper. Here is the catch, it explained why youth unemployment is a real problem for policymakers at the same time they managed successfully to experiment on alternative education, which was student-centric. What is did was put emphasis on hands-on learning by getting students to work on projects. These students had higher chances of getting employment!

The book that I read was ‘The End of Jobs’ by Taylor Pearson. He was invited to give a talk  about his book ‘The End of Jobs’. In his book, he argued that with the internet, you can build a product’s prototype by hiring freelancers from the marketplaces like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr and Guru. Also, you can buy products by sourcing them from AliBaba, a marketplace for suppliers or manufacturers. He even went on further to propose about the educational credential had its own intrinsic value as he had drawn up two scenarios of two graduates who were employed where the other one went on a different route because of he or she was pissed off about the traditional 9 to 5 by becoming a lifestyle entrepreneur just like Taylor Pearson, himself, who took that kind of route. It sounds familiar among the modern day fresh graduate to have the call of the wild.

Taylor Pearson proposed that the economy is undergoing a transition from jobs to an entrepreneurial economy just like hundreds of years ago where society in the past used went through many transitions of the economy.  Later, with the success of the Gutenberg press that distributed the printing of the Bible into mass circulation that led to the printing of knowledge to be distributed massively to the people in Europe. Here, another transition from powerful royalty and aristocrats into the rule of the people due to a distributed knowledge that has already been through the power of printing.

Questions & Answers: International Schools vs. Solopreneur (In Thailand)

Government schools, private schools, international schools….you name it.  It’s all part of the “system” here in Thailand.  One of my students recently asked me “why don’t you work at an international school and get better pay?”  Well, let me break down the reasons WHY.

1) Freedom to Accept & Deflect

When I was working at a job recently (3.5 years and hated the last 1.5 years of it), I was being forced to teach at bad projects.  I told the “head” teacher that one place was racist as hell, but he didn’t care and forced it down my throat by saying: “we expect to be the number one priority.” Guys, when you’re a solopreneur, you don’t have to be stressed to the max.  I had a project at a bank during this time and he was telling me to “do this or go part-time” instead of compromising and saying, “ok, you don’t want to do it because of this.  I understand.”  That’s just historical thinking and it’s no wonder the place is completely collapsing to this day.

Just think about it.  If I told my part-time banking job “no” at the time, I wouldn’t have gotten the dozens of other projects I have today.  There’s always a ripple effect.  I would’ve been doing for other assholes rather than achieving and gaining projects by myself.  ALWAYS look out FOR you!

What I learned is you have to rebel.  If a boss, coordinator or any other jackass starts to threaten you in the beginning stages, walk out.  There’s absolutely no need to stay.  I recall the most EVIL BOSS IN THE WORLD saying “I shouldn’t even give you a work permit or visa!”  Like, I was an idiot to stay after being verbally insulted like that.

And what happened next was simply me going home, looking for another job — and found one.  Left without telling them a god damn thing, too.  That’s how I roll.

Freedom to Call the Shots

When you’re a solopreneur, you don’t have to report to a manager who has a 3-decade old perception of life.  I don’t have to create grades for a soul.  I’m calling my own shots and that’s the best thing to do.  When someone comes to you and says, “I need this, I need that, this is the due date.”  Ummm, f*** you….babe.  I have my own due dates.  That’s a BEAUTIFUL thing.

Freedom to Travel

Working at an international school in Thailand entails that you can only take holidays on specific periods.  Ummm, no.  I’m going to take a holiday whenever I want.  When I come back, I better still have my job.

At my first language center job, I took holidays whenever I wanted until an OLD BRIT wanted to gain that control over me.  Ummm, again, f*** you.  I don’t give a damn how old you are.  If you don’t respect my goals in life, bye.  That feels SO GOOD.  Never have I EVER had a job in the world that I can say, “hey, I won’t be here next week…I’m going to Cairo.”  No way.  In America, you get fired in the matter of seconds.  Hell, in America you don’t even get a holiday.  If you get a holiday….it’s going to be a permanent one.  You’re just a number.

Freedom to Make Your Own Assets

If you want x amount for this month, done.  If you want to work real hard this month, ok.  If I want to teach online in the evening and call off the next day….perfection.  Also, you don’t have middle-men/women.  Most language centers in Thailand are corrupted.  Their CEO’S try hosing the majority of the teachers.  My last job made 90% and I made 10% working at a completely discombobulated company called Toshiba.  Is that fair?

How about 20-25%?

Do you think that’s fair?

50%? Not bad, but now I’m 30 and I want my own projects.

So I’ll do 100% because at least the student knows where there money is going.

Here’s my Podcast and YouTube video down below to break it down in micro.

 

 

YouTube

Interviewee #18 – Soheir Ghanem on All Things E-Commerce

Soheir is the host of the eCommerce QueenBOSS podcast, a public speaker and a Fashion eCommerce entrepreneur. 

Through her podcast and programs, she helps creative entrepreneurs to build an eCommerce business that sparks passion, and creates wealth in their lives, so they can share their gifts with the world, even if they’re just starting out or have no marketing knowledge.

She specializes in Consumer Psychology and Experience Marketing.  Here are the show notes, links, and other things.

Podcast

Get in touch with Soheir Ghanam from France

– All the things about eCommerce.

Links:

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction of Soheir and how Soheir started.
  • What are the types of e-commerce?
  • E-commerce has different business models.
  • Customers will be your unique selling points.
  • Team building and brand building.
  • Customers and employees retainment.
  • What is the shortcut for a beginner who wants to sell on their website?
  • Consider your preferences and your goals.
  • The necessary tools that you need based on your preferences.
  • WordPress and plugins.
  • The challenges of learning curve for non – techies and the ROI on learning curve.
  • Social learning on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Their differences are huge.
  • What is Soheir’s opinion on Facebook advertisement?
  • Content is king and video craft and editing is important.
  • What is the 3 important features for a beginner’s website?
  • Loading of the website, graphic designing and design of the layouts are important.
  • Who are you trying to reach for your products?
  • Is email marketing effective?
  • Are newsletters are effective?
  • Personalisation of your newsletters.
  • Landing pages.
  • Branding has a variety.
  • Do different platforms like personal website, Shopify and Facebook have its advantages and disadvantages?
  • Talking about hidden fees in Shopify.
  • You need to brand yourself for being legit.
  • What Soheir’s insight on Instagram influencer marketers?
  • Seek information about an Instagram influencer marketers’ numbers of followers and people who follow them.
  • A monthly marketing budget is important.
  • Get some references from others about Instagram influencer marketers and do your research about them.

 

Thank you for listening!

 

Thank you so much for joining me for this podcast. Please do write down some feedbacks and comments. Please do share this podcast to your social media.

 

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The Disruption of Industries Are Coming (longread) Part II

Job recruiters or recruitment agencies have already been displaced by websites like LinkedIn, Indeed.com, and Monster. Also, Craigslist has been replaced by other kinds of classified advertisements and other classified websites. If you just browse your social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can see many hiring managers leveraging those social media platforms for recruitment.

Uber, Lyft, and other car-sharing apps are disrupting the traditional taxi, rental cars and chauffeur companies, as well car ownership.

Airbnb, Booking.com, Trivago and HomeAway are disrupting the traditional homestays, traveller inns, hotel and motel industry.

Driverless cars, such as those being developed by Google, will be the next big thing that replaces all sorts of driving jobs like bus and truck drivers.

Drone technology may revolutionize the way products are delivered that will disrupt the traditional postman and post office clerk works. Amazon is trying to make that a reality in deploying drones as part of their delivery services. Drones may also replace air traffic controllers. For years to come, fighter pilots have been replaced by drones on numerous military missions. Also, Drone technology will pose a great threat to logistic companies like UPS, fast food delivery riders and postmen because logistic companies and fast food companies would deploy their drone devices to send goods and deliver a set of pizza to their customers’ doorsteps without the need for workers. Amazon and some fast food companies are already implementing these technologies.

3D printing is growing rapidly, and the technology is becoming better and faster. In a next few years, manufacturing a wide variety of goods could disrupt the manufacturing industry and diminish the importance of logistics and inventory management. Also, it is capable of lowering the cost for home ownership, too, in the next few years, as well as being capable of saving lives with prosthetic limbs and organs that scientists and medical professions have already been successful in doing.

Fast food workers will be the next big disruption because Fast food companies already invested in computerized kiosks which can take orders without the need for manpower. Retail cashiers have also been displaced at supermarkets and big box stores with self-checkout lines for customers to do their own checkout and some even already deployed robots to do human work and serve customers better

Online educational sites like Massively Open Online Courses with platforms like Udemy, Lynda/LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Udacity, edx, Skillcrush, Codecademy, Team Treehouse and other online platforms have already offered leading university and college courses for free or for a fraction of the cost. This would allow the brick and mortar university and college professors to go freelance and run their courses which is known as  micro-education or micro-colleges/universities.

YouTube, NetFlix and Hulu already disrupted the traditional television programmes, cable or satellite TV with a cheaper cost and a wide variety of programmes and movies. This gave people a preference to stream online.

Digital music started with the booming of the MP3 format, later, when Napster came along, it caused the traditional music stores like Tower Records to go bankrupt, due to poor sales. After the bankruptcy of Napster due to heavy fines for their copyright violation — then came along the Limewire, a P2P software that allowed MP3 downloads for free that caused another revolution that was eating the market of a traditional music store until the platform was closed down. However, the birth of Spotify and iTunes digital download and Apple Music, it allowed people to opt for the streaming music services that allow people to download or stream online for their favourite music.

Libraries and librarians are moving online because of the giant free service of Wikipedia have replaced the multi-volume encyclopedia and giant libraries. Here, the librarians used to help people find information and conduct research; now it can be done individually over the internet.

There was a saying ‘Farmers will be sitting idle to dictate things to his machines while his dogs would stand guard beside his master’, this rings true as more food than ever is being produced in the US.

Law will be the next disruption as with the advancement of software like legal technology firms in London already deplying advanced software like Casetext to ease the pain of legal research, making legal documentation easier than ever before. Some have already gone to a further extent to automate the jobs of paralegals, solicitors and law clerks in the near future. Also, with the advancement of AI, a law firm, the BakerHostetler in the US, hired their first robot lawyer to oversee their bankruptcy cases. Legal professions will be replaced by automation where one day you will shake the hands of an AI or a robot to represent you in the courtroom to argue your case and defend you! Now with the advancement of smart contract, legal documentation for contracts and other forms of the contract will once again be facing disruption where one-day legal profession will be fully automated.

E-commerce will be the disrupting the traditional brick and mortar shopping complexes, malls and convenience stores at a fast pace. When eBay came to the market in the 90s, it took the world by storm because you can sell and buy; even trade your goods and unwanted goods to other buyers so that you won’t waste your unwanted goods in your storeroom for people who were real fans of garage items or love buying second-hand goods as an antique. However, with Amazon, an online shopping website where it sold goods, services, Mp3 music and renting movies with the recent Amazon Prime subscription plans, has taken off in the US.  Many small shopping complexes and convenience stores were vacated at a rapid rate because people flooded to shop online on Amazon and eBay.

 

Trust Your Instincts

It was a difficult decision, but because of the intuition I’ve developed over the past several years, I was able to make the best decision.

I had an email one day from a job that I had applied for 3 months prior, and I was shocked to even see that they replied to me.

The first thing that came to mind was, “well, they’re responding two months later, that means they weren’t able to find anyone to suit their needs.”  They had known about my personality already even before the interview happened (that’s why everyone needs to take notes and create an online/google presence). So, the first interview was so promising that it scratched the back head of my mind.  All of this doesn’t come without condition.  It was too good, in fact.  I put at yellow flag above it because they were pushing for me to get my visa.  Normally, here in Thailand, jobs want to see your performance before they offer you something full-time.  If there’s a problem, they wouldn’t give you the full-time/visa/work permit because of your on-job performance.  This job was quick to say, “is this a place you want to work? Ok! Let’s start your paperwork!”

I frequently go to Malaysia (KL) to get my visa because it’s much easier.  The job didn’t want me to.  They wanted me to get my visa here within Bangkok, which is a huge hassle and super annoying.  In Malaysia, I make it into a short holiday, drop off the documentation, and come back the following day in the evening before heading to the airport.  It’s simple.

There were messages that related to “fear mongering,” which is he action of deliberately arousing public fear or alarm about a particular issue. 

She sent me photos of immigration officers going to schools while apprehending “illegal teachers;” however, she failed to mention that most of them had overstayed their visas and they were into illegal activities.  She also mentioned it in person to put more pressure on me in terms of getting my visa.  I went to the USA embassy for a BS document, another horrible place to get a stamp, and then turned everything in — finally.

However, the yellow flags turned into red flags and I’ve explained that in my podcast down below.